Pressure definition

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To force or try to force, as by influence or persuasion.

The salesman pressured us to buy the car right away.

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To pressure-cook.
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A physical sensation produced by compression of a part of the body.
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The force per unit area that one region of a gas, liquid, or solid exerts on another. Pressure is usually measured in Pascal units, atmospheres, or pounds per square inch. &diamf3; A substance is said to have negative pressure if some other substance exerts more force per unit area on it than vice versa. Its value is simply the negative of the pressure exerted by the other substance.
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A pressing; a force applied to a surface.

Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

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The act of pressing.
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Pressure is an application of force by pressing, or an urgent demand or force which can cause stress.

An example of pressure is holding a bandage firmly on an open cut.

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(archaic) A mark made by application of force or weight; an impression.
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The condition of being pressed.
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To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.

Do not let anyone pressure you into buying something you do not want.

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A condition of distress; oppression; affliction.
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An influence acting as a source of distress or hardship.

Economic pressures forcing people to work two jobs.

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(sports) Sustained, effective play that puts an opponent at a disadvantage.

Defensive pressure forced the quarterback to throw interceptions.

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The condition of being subjected to physical, mental, social, or economic distress.

Doesn't work well under pressure.

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(physics) Force per unit of area.
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A contrasting force or impulse of any kind.

The pressure of poverty; the pressure of taxes; the pressure of motives on the mind; the pressure of civilization.

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She has felt pressure lately because her boss expects her to get the job done by the first.

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The pressure of business.

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(physics) The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.
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To pressurize.
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A pressing or being pressed; compression; squeezing.
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A sense impression caused by or as by compression of a part of the body.
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A compelling influence; constraining force.

Social pressure.

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(obs.) A mark made by pressing; impression.
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To exert pressure, or compelling influence, on.
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A compelling or constraining influence, such as persuasion or negative attitudes, on the mind or will.

Felt pressure to conform; peer-group pressure.

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The application of continuous force by one body on another that it is touching; compression.
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Demands requiring immediate attention; urgency.
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(meteorology) Atmospheric pressure.
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(physics) Force applied uniformly over a surface, measured as force per unit area.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pressure
Plural:
pressures

Origin of pressure

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin pressūra from pressus past participle of premere to press per-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French, from Latin pressūra.

    From Wiktionary